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WashingtonWatch.com Digest – December 16, 2013

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On the Blog: The Deal with the Budget Deal

Last week, House and Senate budget leaders arrived at a compromise budget deal, which quickly passed the House. The Senate will debate it this week.

It’s not just a budget deal, though.

Read about it in a post entitled: “The Budget Deal is a Budget Deal and a Spending Deal.

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This week, the Senate will debate H.J. Res. 59, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, which the House passed last week.

The bill would amend the budget process, establish a congressional budget, and increase payments to physicians in the Medicare program.

Passage of H.J. Res. 59 would allow Congress to increase its spending by about $550 per U.S. family during the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years. New spending, spending cuts, and revenues would produce about $100 per U.S. family in savings, while reducing the national debt by about $575 per family.

H. J. Res. 59
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013
Saves $106.67 per family

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The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013
27% For, 73% Against

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Displayed below are new, updated, and passed items with their cost or savings per family.

New Items

S. 6
The Putting Our Veterans Back to Work Act of 2013
Costs $22.58 per family

S. 269
The International Fisheries Stewardship and Enforcement Act
Costs $0.26 per family

H.R. 3628
The Transportation Reports Elimination Act of 2013
Saves $0.00 per family

H.R. 3509
The Assessing Progress in Haiti Act of 2013
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 3578
To ensure that any new or revised requirement providing for the screening, testing, or treatment of an airman or an air traffic controller for a sleep disorder is adopted pursuant to a rulemaking proceeding, and for other purposes
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 2274
The Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2013
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 2319
The Native American Veterans’ Memorial Amendments Act of 2013
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 3189
The Water Rights Protection Act
Costs $0.00 per family

H.R. 1447
The Death in Custody Reporting Act of 2013
Costs $0.00 per family


Updated Items

H. J. Res. 59
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013
Saves $106.67 per family

S. 230
A bill to authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes
Costs $0.00 per family


Passed Items

P.L. 113-57
To extend the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988 for 10 years

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Jack Lancellotta

The usual budgetary wrangling takes place … but what about the DISABLED Citizens, especially those on the SSI Program that have to live under oppressive and outdated rules, especially the $2,000.00 Asset (test) Limit – this rule(law) has NOT been amended or updated since 1988 and is actually canceling or throwing-off poor DISABLED citizens … despite their chronic and declining illnesses … after all, it would be their small or measly dDOLLARS to have as a savings or retirement fund that has NO RELATIONSHIP with government funds.

The SSI SAVERS Act was a tremendous piece of legislation that was assigned to the U.S. House Ways & Means Sub-Committee on Huamn Resources … it would be envious for Congress and Agency personnel to try and live on 1988 wages, limited savings and a threat that CUTS-OFF their income — think about it!!!

Thank You and Blessings of the Holiday Season & New Year of Peace!!

John J. “JACK” Lancellotta, Ex. Director

JCS Education & Library Foundation

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